Eden native and Connecticut College junior Brigid O'Gorman was named a finalist for this year's Hockey Humanitarian Award. O'Gorman is one of seven finalists for the national honor, which includes all levels of collegiate hockey both male and female.
In March 2009, O'Gorman was scheduled to travel to Uganda with a group of students on a medical mission to deliver supplies and provide basic medical care to residents in rural Kaberamaido. But her plans were delayed when Connecticut College advanced to their conference tournament semifinals.
The group, traveling without O'Gorman, ran into its own tragedy when in the way to the airport its van was struck by a drunk driver. One student was killed with others injured. But O'Gorman was determined to see the mission through, gathered the medical supplies and went on to Uganda herself.
On the ice, O'Gorman served as captain and helped lead the Camels to their third straight appearance in the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship. She is a pre-med student majoring in cellular and molecular biology.
The winner of the 2010 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award will be announced on April 9 at the Frozen Four.
Track and field: It was a successful round of indoor track and field championships for local athletes.
Akron native Fawn Dorr, a senior at Penn State, earned her fifth All-America finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships at the University of Arkansas. The senior had a fifth-place finish in the 400-meters in 52.58 seconds just off her lifetime-best 52.53. This is Dorr's third year with the Nittany Lions after transferring to Happy Valley as a sophomore from SUNY Cortland.
Women's lacrosse: Buffalo State's Ashley O'Brien was named the State University of New York Athletic Conference Goalie of the Week for the second straight time after helping the Bengals to a win over Division I Niagara last week. O'Brien became the program's all-time leader in career saves with 306 after making eight saves in the 10-8 win over Niagara.